United States - Data - Afghanistan - 6-7-10

(2009 - United States - Afghanistan opium industry and U.S. counter-narcotics strategy) "As part of the military expansion, the administration has assigned U.S. troops a lead role in trying to stop the flow of illicit drug profits that are bankrolling the Taliban and fueling the corruption that undermines the Afghan Government. Tens of millions of drug dollars are helping the Taliban and other insurgent groups buy arms, build deadlier roadside bombs and pay fighters. The emerging consensus among senior military and civilian officials from the United States, Britain, Canada and other countries operating in Afghanistan is that the broad new counter-insurgency mission is tied inextricably with the new counter-narcotics strategy. Simply put, they believe the Taliban cannot be defeated and good government cannot be established without cutting off the money generated by Afghanistan’s opium industry, which supplies more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin and generates an estimated $3 billion a year in profits."


Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, "Afhganistan's Narco War: Breaking the Link Between Drug Traffickers and Insurgents," (Washington, DC: 111th Congress, 1st Session, August 10, 2009), p.